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December 11, 2012

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
8 to 9 a.m.
Executive Conference Room Historic Court House, Mezzanine Level
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Attendees

  • Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun
  • Kim Barranco, Baltimore City, CJCC
  • Joe Clocker, DPSCS – Community Supervision
  • Judge Kathleen Cox, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
  • Mike Esposito, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County
  • Dave Goldman, Bureau of Behavioral Health
  • Alan Hill, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Chief James Johnson, Police Department
  • Cass Jorgensen, Department of Aging
  • Marilyn Mathias, Baltimore County Detention Center
  • Lynn McCammie, Department of Aging
  • Jim McClafferty, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
  • Donna Morrison, Deputy Administrative
  • Officer Jim O’Neill, Department of Corrections
  • Jillian Parente, Baltimore County Detention Center
  • Don Schlimm, Local Management Board
  • Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Timothy Sheridan, Circuit Court for Baltimore County
  • Jennifer Turner, Baltimore County Detention Center
  • Judge Alexandra Williams, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County
  • Donald Zaremba, Office of the Public Defender

Welcome/Approval of Minutes

Jim O'Neill welcomed everyone to the February meeting of the Baltimore County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Minutes of the October 12, 2012 meeting were presented and a motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the minutes as presented.

Committee Reports and Updates

Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

No report.

Offender Employment Network

Mr. O’Neill reported that they are pursuing an opportunity with the Weinberg Foundation to work with Homebuilders Institute in developing a program which would teach Work Release eligible inmates skills to work as a helper in the carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades.

Juveniles/Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee

Judge Cox reported that the committee is reviewing community detention protocols. It is difficult to determine whether the protocol is being followed as DJS no longer authorizes release of local data directly to the DMC Coordinator, so there is a significant delay in obtaining relevant data. The committee is also exploring educational alternatives available through the Board of Education in an effort to keep youth on the high school diploma track. The committee plans to conduct training and prepare materials to provide current information on educational alternatives to probation agents, police youth counselors, and others with regular contact with parents and youth. The issue of continued funding for the Caller Notification Program was discussed. It costs approximately $40,000 a year to keep this program going. They are working to identify funding sources for when the current grant expires.   

Forensic Mental Health Workgroup

A copy of the minutes from the workgroup’s meeting of November 14, 2012 was provided to attendees. Dave Goldman discussed Behavioral Health Integration stating that on the State level, the Mental Hygiene and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration are coming together – similar to what happened in Baltimore County three years ago. He discussed the Affordable Care Act and how this will affect services to people. Mr. Goldman also reported that a second Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) started in October. They can add five people per month, and the goal is to add a third team in the future.

There was general discussion regarding the shortage of bed space at Spring Grove, and logistical problems experienced with transporting prisoners to Court from the Finan Center in Cumberland.

Other Business

Lynne McCammie, Department of Aging, shared a draft “Benchcard for Judges” which was designed to share information about assessment, remediation and case management tools and resources for elder abuse cases. Ms. McCammie would appreciate comments/ideas from the CJCC re this tool. Mr. Shellenberger suggested that the Department of Aging may want to reach out to the Register of Wills office to share information re BC-REST as they are oftentimes dealing with the family of elderly residents. Chief Johnson, Police Department, discussed the new criminal procedures which begin in 2013. He noted that this will likely reduce the number of bail hearings. The department has operating procedures in place to deal with these new procedures. Chief Johnson also reported that after the loss of some 80 positions due to retirements in the past year and a half, the department is now back to full strength.

Closing

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting date is February 12, 2013.

Revised June 11, 2013

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